It’s been a few weeks now since websites needed to comply with the EU ePrivacy Directive (or EU Cookie Law as it’s become known).
I’ve tried a number of solutions which I’ve covered in an earlier post. For a non-technical person these were either too complicated to put in place, conflicted with other plugins I have active on my blog, or just had bugs I couldn’t live with.
Since that time, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have updated their advice and guidance to the EU Cookie Law.
This updated guidance explains that under the law website owners can use ‘implied consent’ for cookies to be set when a user browses their website.
“To explain further it might be useful to unpack what we actually mean by the term “implied consent” remembering throughout that consent (whether it is implied or express) has to be a freely given, specific and informed indication of the individual’s wishes. For implied consent to work there has to be some action taken by the consenting individual from which their consent can be inferred. This might for example be visiting a website, moving from one page to another or clicking on a particular button. The key point, however, is that when taking this action the individual has to have a reasonable understanding that by doing so they are agreeing to cookies being set.”
Since this updated guidance was issued a few more WordPress plugins have become available to cover the EU Cookie Law. I revisited all the plugins I could find on the subject. I decided the best option for me was to go down the ‘implied consent’ route as I am not collecting any sensitive personal data on my website.
The plugin I have finally decided to place on my website is the…
Cookie Law Info WordPress Plugin
Whilst I’m not a legal expert, the Cookie Law Info plugin by Richard Dashby seems to be perfect for me based on my decision to use ‘implied consent’.
The plugin adds a subtle banner to your website so that you can show your compliance status regarding the EU Cookie Law.
It has the following features:
- Fully customisable to look just like your own website’s style: customise the colours, styles and fonts
- Put the cookie bar in either the header or the footer
- (Optional) cookie bar can be permanently dismissed or accessible through a “show again” tab
- (Optional) “show again” tab is fully customisable including position shown on page and styles
You can find some screenshots on the WordPress Plugin Directory for the Cookie Law Info plugin. You can also see it set up on my website.
Please bear in mind that whilst I have added this plugin to my website it might not necessarily be the correct one for you. If you are looking for specialist legal advice relating to your website you should always consult a lawyer.
Have you decided how you are going to implement the EU Cookie Law on your website? It applies to any website that may cater for European visitors, although I’m not sure how this would be policed outside of the EU. If you are outside of the EU are you planning on making any changes to take the Cookie law into account on your website?
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